The coronavirus outbreak has caused many of us to have a surviving mindset, but how can we use this opportunity to thrive even when we face uncertainty? To thrive is to grow in authenticity with and for others and for a greater purpose.
Our team offers some guidelines and tips on how we can thrive through this growing pandemic.
Essentials to Thriving
Thriving involves our whole being and body. Pay attention to how you feel physically and emotionally. Be connected to yourself. Especially during these times, be mindful of what brings you joy and pursue more of what really matters. Be aware of stress and anxiety, and seek support through practices, relationships, or professional help.
Be aware of your core beliefs. What brings meaning, strength, and hope in your life? Use this opportunity to re-evaluate what matters most, and align your life to your highest values accordingly. Although we need to renegotiate how we live out and pursue our ideals and goals, be intentional about making traction towards what matters.
Thriving involves being known and loved as our authentic selves. This means we need to know and cherish ourselves. Resist the urge to fit in, but invest in the relationships that truly matter. Ask to whom do you belong—relationally and spiritually? What can you do to nurture these connections in a time of physical isolation?
Beyond the Self
Essential to thriving is a prosocial orientation beyond ourselves. This not only includes our understanding of transcendence (which informs our life's ultimate meaning), but it also involves an ongoing contribution to the world beyond ourselves. In isolation, this might seem like a challenge. However, we thrive when we help others thrive.
Often overlooked as a resources for thriving, beauty and art are important resources of inspiration and positive emotions that can inspire vitality and our pursuit of goodness and truth. Take time to absorb nature, music, and visual arts (e.g. photography) in order to elevate your mood and connect you with something bigger than yourself.
How to Thrive Admist COVID-19
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More Resources on Thriving
Tips for Thriving in Quarantine
Quarantine does not generally stir up such expansive images of vitality and growth. While quarantine is challenging, there are still plenty of opportunities for personal growth and helping others. Here is a list of tips to enable you and others to thrive in this stressful time.
Daily Contemplative Practices
Spirituality is a essential to living a thriving life. Even during trying times such as these, spiritual practices and disciplines can provide meaning, strength, and direction in our lives. Download these 4 core spiritual practices to help you nurture your spiritual health.
The Importance of Spiritual Practices
Dr. Pam King reflects on the four core themes found in diverse spiritual practices, and how they can helps us reassess our life.
The Role of Mindfulness Practices
Part One - Face Mask Dilemma (due to US Stigma)
Part Two - Face Masks to Protect Others: Containing Invisible Spread of COVID-19
Other Helpful Resources
Stay up-to-date with the latest news and best practices from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other organizations.
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COVID-19 Spiritual First Aid
The Humanitarian Disaster Institute covers a range of topics that live at the intersection of COVID-19 and mental health in this handbook.
UndocuHealth National Mental health Directory
United We Dream provides a National Mental Health directory for DACA and undocumented individuals seeking therapy and mental health services.
The Quarantine Guide
A how-to-guide for teens interested in supporting the health, safety, and productivity of themselves and others during COVID-19.
Coronavirus Anxiety Workbook
A workbook by The Wellness Society to help you manage anxiety and build resilience during this unprecedented time.
Health care professionals emphasize the importance of staying home and doing our part to save others.
Our Common Humanity
Richard Davidson shares how social distancing is an act of generosity and compassion toward others.
Resisting the Pandemic of Prejudice
The Search Institute shares ways we can respond to fear and scapegoating during COIVD-19.
How to Talk to Kids & Teens
Psychology Today offers useful tips for how to speak to different age groups about the coronavirus.
Managing Children's Fear & Anxiety
As COVID-19 continues to spread, children are increasingly anxious about their health. NewsDio offers ways to manage their fears and make them feel safe.
Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety
The Conversation shares 7 science-based strategies to help you deal with any anxiety and related disorders.
Helping Kids COpe with Stress
World Health Organization offers this downloadable guide on how to help kids cope with the COVID-19 outbreak.
How to Protect Yourself
Learn how to protect yourself from the coronavirus through these preventative measures by the Center for Disease and Control Prevention.
Keeping Others Safe
Learn how to keep your community safe from the coronavirus through these best practices by the Center for Disease and Control Prevention.